Cine Ideal

Rua Raul Pompeia, 102,
Rio de Janeiro 22080

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Cine Ideal

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The Cine Ideal is located in the Copacabana district of Rio de Janeiro, close to the district of Ipanema. It was possibly built in the 1950’s, and is located at the base of an an apartment building.

Since closing, the Cine Ideal was converted into a gay nightclub in 1992 by Frenchman Gilles Lascar (known as the king of Rio’s gay nightlife). It is the largest & most popular gay club in Rio and operates as Le Boy Club most nights of the week (but not on a Monday when it becomes Le Girl Club). It also contains the Boy Bar & Restaurant.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 7, 2007 at 6:32 am

I didn’t know about this one. I’m back in the US now, so no pictures until next time.

LuisV
LuisV on February 19, 2008 at 5:20 pm

I was in Rio two years ago and went to the Boy Bar with some friends. I did not realize that it was a theater even though it did have a stage up front. That sounds silly, but I mean that it just looked like a big space with a stage. I don’t recall seeing any original or remaining ornamentation from its time as a theater.

Being a club, the prominent feature in what was the orchestra section would be a huge rectangular bar. The dance floor (which was not as big as the bar) was between the bar and the stage. There was no balcony (as I recall).

If I ever go back to Rio (It was a lot of fun) I’ll look with a closer eye.

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